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Buje - Buie
City of Buje
Grad Buje - Città di Buie[1]
Flag of Buje - Buie
Buje - Buie is located in Croatia
Buje - Buie
Buje - Buie
Location of Buje in Croatia
Coordinates: 45°25′N 13°40′E / 45.417°N 13.667°E / 45.417; 13.667Coordinates: 45°25′N 13°40′E / 45.417°N 13.667°E / 45.417; 13.667
Country Croatia
County Istria
 • Mayor Edi Andreašić
Population (31 March 2011)
 • Total 5,127
 • Settlement (naselje) of Buje 2,624
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website buje.hr

Buje (croat.) or Buie (ital.) is a town situated in Istria, Croatia's westernmost peninsula.

Buje-Buie was known as the "sentinel of Istria" for its hilltop site located 10 km (6.21 mi) inland from the Adriatic sea. It still commands an excellent panorama. Buje-Buie has a rich history; traces of life in the region date back to prehistoric times. The town developed from a Roman and Venetian settlement into a medieval town. Buie has been part of the Venetian republic from 1358 until 1797 and has been an Italian city from 1918 to 1945. Today it is a modern regional center. Despite its development Buje-Buie has retained many features typical of various historical periods. With its narrow streets and a central square, the old town is a fine example of medieval architecture with strong Venetian influences as the rest of the region.


A baroque church from the 16th century, built on the foundations of a Roman temple dominates the square. The old city was protected with stone fortifications, part of which have been preserved to modern times. Being situated on a hill, the old town offers exquisite views on the surrounding scenery, dominated by Mediterranean vegetation, vineyards and olive groves.

Outside of the old town a modern city has sprung. After World War II Buje-Buie developed into an industrial, cultural and economic center of the region. To its visitors today, Buje-Buie offers a blend of gentle Mediterranean climate, good food and a quiet setting, away from the hustle and bustle of the more touristic Istrian coastal resorts.


Historical population
of Buje-Buie
Year Pop. ±%
1880 6,980 —    
1890 7,578 +8.6%
1900 8,311 +9.7%
1910 8,682 +4.5%
1921 8,989 +3.5%
1931 8,601 −4.3%
1948 8,013 −6.8%
1953 5,763 −28.1%
1961 5,344 −7.3%
1971 4,376 −18.1%
1981 4,957 +13.3%
1991 5,421 +9.4%
2001 5,340 −1.5%
2011 5,182 −3.0%
Source: Naselja i stanovništvo Republike Hrvatske 1857–2001, DZS, Zagreb, 2005

The population of the whole town (Grad Buje - Città di Buie) was 5,182 in March 2011. The population of the settlement (naselje) of Buje-Buie proper was 2,752 in 2011, down from 3,001 in 2001. The second-largest settlement of the town is Kaštel / Castelvenere with a population of 653 in 2011.[2][3]

According to the 2011 census results, 53.76% (2,786) of the town’s population had Croatian as their mother language, 46.24%(2,396) Italian..[4]

Buje/Buie has a high number of Italians and an Italian school, the "Leonardo da Vinci". It was 50% Italian in 1991, when the town’s limits included Grožnjan/Grisignana.


External links[edit]

Media related to Buje at Wikimedia Commons